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Outdoor Advertising

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The Florida Department of Transportation (Department) is responsible for controlling ODA signs on the National and State highway systems. The Department must control the location, size, height, spacing and lighting of ODA signs but has no authority to regulate the content of advertising messages on the signs. The Outdoor Advertising regulatory program is based on federal law and regulations as well as state statute and rule. Federal law is set forth in the Highway Beautification Act while federal regulations can be found at 23 C.F.R., Section 750. State laws are found in Chapter 479, Florida Statutes. In addition to the state statutes, the Department writes administrative rules to interpret the intent of the statute for the general public. Chapter 14-10, Florida Administrative Code, is the Department's rule chapter which governs outdoor advertising. Copies of the complete rule chapter may be obtained from the Outdoor Advertising Office.  Local governments often have their own ordinances which regulate outdoor advertising in their community. The Department cannot issue a permit for an outdoor advertising sign which is not allowed by local ordinances.
 

Outdoor Advertising information is available from the Outdoor Advertising database.  The database, featuring a search option for current permits, sign locations and other information, can be accessed at:


Please visit our Documents and Publications page to download forms and applications related to outdoor advertising.

All renewal payments and forms relating to the Outdoor Advertising regulatory program are to be sent to:
   Outdoor Advertising Office
   Florida Department of Transportation
   605 Suwannee Street, Mail Station 22
   Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450
   Phone: (850) 414-4601 Fax: (850) 414-4850

General questions about the outdoor advertising program or policies and procedures may be directed to Rob Jessee at robert.jessee@dot.state.fl.us, (850) 414-4600.